Illinois expands Prescription Monitoring Program to help combat
prescription drug abuse
national network will allow states to share prescription drug
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[December 06, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois
Department of Human Services Prescription Monitoring Program has
joined a national data-sharing network that will provide for greater
identification and prevention of prescription drug abuse.
"This expansion of our Prescription Monitoring Program is an
important step in our efforts to better monitor prescriptions for
controlled substances," said IDHS Secretary Michelle R.B. Saddler.
"Our enhanced program will give us a vital tool in helping to
prevent prescription drug abuse."
The National Association of
Boards of Pharmacy's PMP InterConnect program allows participating
states to share information on prescriptions of controlled
substances. Through this network, the IDHS monitoring program will
be better able to identify when patients have been issued duplicate
prescriptions for controlled substances across state lines. The
program would alert prescribers and dispensers when patients exceed
recommended limits on controlled substances, which will help to
prevent prescription drug abuse.
The Prescription Monitoring Program will also integrate
controlled substance prescription data into electronic health record
systems to allow access to prescription information across health
care networks, including emergency departments and short- and
long-term inpatient care.
The Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program began in 1986, and
at that time monitored only Schedule II prescription drugs,
including painkillers, such as morphine and hydrocodone. In 2007,
the program was expanded to monitor Schedule III through V drugs,
including Codeine, Vicodon and Valium.
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Last year, the program collected 18,000,000 prescription records,
and 19,000 doctors and pharmacists currently refer to that clinical
data on a regular basis. Participating pharmacists and doctors
complete about 150,000 PMP searches each month.
The expansion of the state-level monitoring program in Illinois
is being funded by $450,000 in federal grants. The grants also
allowed for infrastructure improvements to the program. For more
information about the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program,
Department of Human Services
file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]